Buckwheat

What other names is Buckwheat known by?

Alforfón, Blé Noir, Buchweizen, Fagopyrum esculentum, Fagopyrum sagittatum, Fagopyrum tataricum, Fagopyrum vulgare, Grano Turco, Polygonum tataricum, Sarrasin, Sarrasin Commun, Silverhull Buckwheat, Trigo Sarraceno.

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is a plant. People make flour from the leaves and flowers. This flour can be used either as food (usually in bread, pancakes, and noodles) or as medicine.

As medicine, buckwheat is used to improve blood flow by strengthening veins and small blood vessels; to treat varicose veins and poor circulation in the legs; and to prevent "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).

Buckwheat is also used to treat diabetes.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Varicose veins and other circulatory problems (chronic venous insufficiency). Early research shows that drinking buckwheat tea for 3 months might prevent the legs of people with chronic venous insufficiency from becoming more swollen.
  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that eating 70-100 grams of buckwheat flour or grain daily may improve long-term glucose tolerance in people with diabetes.
  • Vision problems in people with diabetes. Early research suggests that taking buckwheat by mouth for 3 months might improve vision in people with visions problems due to diabetes.
  • Improving blood flow.
  • Preventing "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of buckwheat for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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